(TYLER) – Ted E. Saba ’41 of Tyler has donated $25,000 to establish the Ted ’41 and Dee Saba Endowed Scholarship Fund for medical students at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

“We are extremely grateful to Mr. Saba for his generous gift,” College of Medicine Dean Christopher C. Colenda, M.D. said. “Mr. Saba’s scholarship will continue to financially help medical students for years to come. We are honored that such a loyal Aggie would choose to support ‘Aggie Docs’ at the College of Medicine.”

Saba earned his degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University in 1941 and served in World War II as a commissioned officer after graduation. He moved to Tyler in 1956 and was the owner of a bakery before trying his hand at real estate. Saba was a successful commercial and residential real estate broker until his retirement.

For Saba, it is important to give back to A&M because of the life lessons he learned during his undergraduate experience almost 70 years ago.

“My wife and I have no children, so whatever we have will go to A&M,” Saba says. “Everything I have in life is because of some Aggie or another, and Aggies have always been there for me. Giving this scholarship is all about the students – there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to help students at A&M.”

Many students at the College of Medicine require substantial financial support, as their average debt is more than $90,000. Gifts such as Mr. Saba’s enable the College of Medicine to help students achieve their goal of becoming a physician.

For more about giving to the College of Medicine, visit http://medicine.tamhsc.edu/oia/

Founded in 1977, the College of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center is committed to educating, training and equipping physicians who are compassionate about their patients and dedicated to the communities in which they serve. Located on the Texas A&M University campus and at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, the college utilizes approximately 700 basic scientists and clinicians to instruct students during the course of their medical education. The College of Medicine’s primary clinical affiliate, Scott & White, is ranked as one of the top 15 teaching hospitals in the nation.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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